First statement: my home is far away. My experience as a stage director this time was (and still is) extremely personal. Karl Rossmann’s story is the story of a foreigner. Being a foreigner is not only longing for your mother tongue. That could be the peak of the iceberg. For those who are in their homeland Nature always agrees with their emotions: a blue sky in your city can fill your heart with warmness and happiness. But for a foreigner a blue sky could be a tempest. To be a foreigner is to become an outsider: even Nature will not reflect your inner feelings, even Nature will ignore you. My story is not as sad as Karl’s: my experience of directing Amerika was my own Bildungsroman.
From Franz Kafka’s America
Scenic version by Alejandro Tantanian with the collaboration of Miriam Tessmar
Karl 1, Peter Pearce
Karl 2, Diego Velázquez
Johanna Brummer, Klara 2, Therese, Silja von Kriegstein
Silja von Kriegstein
Karls Mutter, Oberköchin, Thereses Mutter, Brunelda, Ragna Pitoll
Karls Vater, Onkel Jakob, Oberportier, Michael Fuchs
Klara 1, Robinson, Oberkellner 1, K., Thorsten Danner
Delamarche, Oberkellner 2, Tim Egloff
Songs chosen by
Thorsten Danner, Tim Egloff, Michael Fuchs, Silja von Kriegstein, Peter Pearce, Ragna Pitoll, Alejandro Tantanian y Diego Velázquez
Ali Badakhshan Rad
Video installationEmilio Bustamante
Boris C. Motzki
Choreography and dance training
Set and costumes
With the support from Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany.
Running time: 90 minutes.
Premiere: April 25th. 2009, Schauspielhaus, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany
Season 2010 at the same theatre